How to Block lifehacĸ Referral Spam

Sean Doyle

Sean Doyle is a tech author and engineer with over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, privacy, malware, Google Analytics, online marketing, and other topics. Sean's content has been featured in numerous publications.

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63 Responses

  1. Danar says:

    Thank for this, they are indeed very annoying, luckily I found this article

  2. RAKESH says:

    Thanks for the brief explanation. this post is very helpful for me.

  3. ojas bharti says:

    thanks for sharing information of life hacker reffral traffice solution

  4. singh says:

    This blog is very interesting and creative.

  5. NextJob says:

    Thank you Sir for the details.

  6. Ankita says:

    Video is very good and made simple to understand.

  7. Nitin Thakur says:

    ahh finally i got what i want.. thank u admin

  8. ojas says:

    this is very important article, thanks for sharing,

  9. ojasbharti says:

    Very important and useful article, thanks !

  10. freerojgar says:

    Nice Post..Thanks for Sharing

  11. Tapan says:

    Thanks for article

  12. digitalgirlie says:

    You write in this article: “They do this by logging requests into your website’s access log, which is then crawled by Google’s indexing bots and seen as a backlink to the spam site.” How do I prevent them from doing this? By writing that htaccess code I’ve been seeing here in the comments? Also, I’d love to kick Vitaly’s a$$. Tell him that when you see him.

  13. Stephane says:

    The issue is that the same spammer is constantly changing the referral source name. For a while it was “” and now it’s “Twitter”. Keeping up to date with this spammer is really annoying. I see that he’s mainly spamming from 2 locations in Russia: Moscow and Saint Petersburg.

    Can anybody tell me if he’s spamming Google Analytics directly? Or does he have to load a web page on the site he wants to spam?

  14. Thanks Sean, for sharing details how to avoid spam traffic.

  15. Bunny David says:

    Thanks for this. My site was attacked with spam and i have solved now

  16. hello erro lifehacĸ

  17. “Vote for Trump!” – OMG, has our website been hacked?!!

  18. Steve says:

    I was happy to see my traffic is increasing but then I got your information. Seriously It’s so messy.
    thank you for your great help. I appreciate.

  19. Shefpk says:

    ahh thank you, you saved me from visiting, one less user for these suckers

  20. Claudio says:

    Thanks a lot! Just started a new website and it was showing 400+ visits! then I realized they were all from Russia and i knew something was wrong!

  21. abyarry says:

    I really appreciate this, i was initially happy to see the traffic.. Lol and i thought it was coming from the original lifehacker, but then when it had no effect on my adsense (both pageiews and revenue), i knew something was wrong. This post helped, 100%! Keep it up man!

  22. havu says:

    I am getting more of this referral. Had reddit and but they stopped and only lifehacker now.

  23. korn says:

    and now i see from reddit that seem to be spam the location is from Moscow and Saint Petersburg
    Imust to add and the on exclude filter?
    thank you

  24. Jason Ring says:

    Thanks for the post! I have been getting hammered by this spammer. Your directions for creating the filter were easy to understand and have been implemented.

  25. Gabriel says:

    Thank you – this just started showing up on my own reports.

  26. Anonymous says:

    never mind, just changed it again, and Campaign Source seems to be working. Thank you.

  27. Tax King Inc says:

    Same with me, I am getting from all these sites | | | | | | lifehacĸ | |

  28. Carl says:

    Thanks for the insight. My GA just got hit today by lifehacker

  29. Idan says:

    Thanks for this post.

  30. Jessie says:

    Thank you! Question – how do i filter out the spam traffic from my views?

  31. Tronar says:

    Finally Spamers are blocked.

  32. celebnest says:

    I am also start getting referral traffic from this site, now i blocked it. thanks man.

  33. Shafi Khan says:

    Hey Sean,

    Thanks a lot for this tutorial. This spam traffic was increasing day by day and I hope now it would put and end to it.

  34. Faraz says:

    Thanks for this information. They were attacking my analytics too.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot for this information it was very helpful.

  36. I was also facing same issues. I installed a plugin called Bot Blocker. Let see hows it goes

  37. Claudio says:

    Lol, it’s amazing how many comments over the last 2 days. F*cking spammers

  38. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot for providing this tutorial. This Russian site has been spamming my sites for some time now.

  39. ebizguy says:

    Knew it from the start that this is not real traffic. Now after reading your article, understood it better. Thanks a lot

  40. Alex says:

    Thanks for this!

  41. Emo says:

    I have got lots of this lifehacker. It does not seem to help to filter it!!

  42. Ty says:

    Thanks for this!

  43. Gurjyot says:

    Thanks for this article, my website is suddenly getting a lot of traffic from lifehacker. But, now that spam traffic can be put to rest using this article.

  44. Thanks for this tips. When I noticed this site I was very happy hoping the one of my articles got caught by Lifehacker not knowing it was a spam. But thanks to this article and I will be able to monitor my traffic now and put my mind off increase in bounce rate.

  45. Ali says:

    Same Question in my mind which is.. Does it affect server speed or Site Speed?

  46. Eva says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I hope my problem will be solved after it.

  47. Xavi R - Spain says:

    Code for htaccess:
    RewriteEngine on
    # Options +FollowSymlinks
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} lifehacĸer\.com\/new-revolutionary-shell-from-lifehacĸ [NC,OR]
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}\.com
    RewriteRule .* – [F]

    • Xavi R - Spain says:

      Oh, fail on:
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}\.com
      Remplace with them:
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} o-o-8-o-o\.com

    • Xavi R - Spain says:

      I test and prove, finally code:
      RewriteEngine on
      # Options +FollowSymlinks
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} ^lifehacĸer\.com
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} lifehacĸer\.com\/new-revolutionary-shell-from-lifehacĸ [NC,OR]
      RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER}\.com
      RewriteRule .* – [F]

  48. Param says:

    I am getting more of this referral. Had reddit and but they stopped and only lifehacker now.

  49. Victor says:

    Hey Sean,
    Thank you for the article! I am now taking care of these spams that show up. didn’t show up per say, but a few others you’ve listed did:,,,
    I have added all of these to be excluded in the filter pattern.
    Will GA exclude past present and future entries for these or will it just exclude these spams from the moment I turn on the filter?


  50. Good stuff.
    So many webmasters are seeing these can’t of sites in their GA stats. besides these data have no use.

    Thanks mate!

  51. Tarun says:

    Thanks for you valuable guide to filter the analytic data. I implied and get ride of it. thx.

  52. Lagu Minang says:

    Thanks for article, I have some traffic from lifehacker

  53. Gkexams says:

    Does it affect server speed

  54. thanks for your atricle
    i have some traffic from this site!

  55. I am getting it too, in fact, there are tons of fake traffic

  56. Jason says:

    Hey, Sean,

    Thank you for this. I have noticed that lifehacĸ has been popping up all over my GA.

    I followed your instructions and it seems to be working fine now.

    Kind regards,

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